From Russia with Love - the Russian government wants to develop video games and ban 'foreign' ones
Less bear cavalries, more vodka. For Mother Russia!
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"The main thing we expect from the producers of video games is the realistic and historically truthful representation of events. A video game has to have not only an entertainment value, but it also has to teach and be conducive to patriotic education."
These were the words that Arseny Mironov, an aid to the Russian Culture Minister told Russian newspaper, Izvestiya, when talking about video games. Their latest plan on the matter is to have the Russian government make their own, more "patriotic" games, and ban other games that "distort history".
Their first project is being headed by the Russian Military History Society, a game that will be about the inclusion of Russian military aviation during World War I. The game is expected to be inaugurated by 2014, and there also seems to be some discussion between the government and several undisclosed video game developers to make the game as well as future projects. Why are they doing this now? Mironov continued to explain:
So apparently because of games like 'Company of Heroes II', Russia's mistrust of foreign virtual entertainment has escalated to a level where action must be made. I have never played the game, so maybe one of you g1s can explain where or when in the game is there a point that would cause such concern/outrage.
Later on, the government will also be giving out grants for "development of patriotic video games". You can expect one of these grants to go to a game-in-progress called 'You Don't Mess With Putin', a mobile game where Russian president Vladmir Putin fights a horde of zombies... preferably with his shirt off.
At this rate depending on the game's overall quality, MorningWood may need to update his list of 'Top 5 Best and Worst Educaional Games' sometime soon (you can check it out here: http://www.screwattack.com/news/top-5-best-and-worst-educational-games). Better yet, maybe this could the right opportunity to make a new/updated list- a list of Top [Insert Number Here] Russians in Gaming to show the RMHS the good representations of their culture.
Comment Question: Do you think this move by the Russian government is justified? Do you think that representation of Russian soldiers has gone too far, or has the Culture Minister's accusations of them have? What kind of educational game would you develop for your country?
Can't wait for Russia's E3 panel.
Even though I am not a fan of CoD in general, I will agree with you on World at War's portray of Russians. In a sense (Both World at War AND Real Life World War 2), Russia was an acquaintance of sorts. When the American soldiers were finished with their war with Japanese, Russian troops were heading towards Nazi Germany, to take Adolf Hitler down. This is greatly depicted in the second half of World at War's Campaign mode. I know, because a relative of mine was a fan of CoD- before realizing that it was one big money grab.
I'm not suprised because USA always ejaculates in everysingle shooting game over russians and middle easterns all the time.
While the UK takes the backseat and chills out.
I hope they can find a new gold mine of a game to sell.
It's called Freedom of Speech and I'm pretty sure that something like this won't happen, since there are many shooters out there screaming "AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!"
I understand that games like Call of Duty sometimes make it look black and white with America and Russia, but this isn't the sort of medium to express political views. That should be for TV and movies to do. On the matter of Russians being portrayed as villains, I never finished World At War but I think the Russian soldiers weren't portrayed as villains in that, at least until Black Ops.
What will their first game be called. Motherland: Kill all the Gays. They can go to hell
I understand the impetus, but there are less clumsy ways of promoting nationalism in Russia.
they should be proud of Heavy
Well put, but no government is perfect by a long shot, and I'm not defending Russia here, but they do at least they do things like RT(RussiaToday) which gives us a decent alternative outlet for news in English mind you.
You mean Goldeneye distorted history?
Most of the money will be stolen, as always, and in the end developers wont see even 1/4 of it.
That's horrible. I hope there's something in the United States Constitution that prevents our government from taking over the video game industry here. Maybe some history major can tell me. Also, I wonder what the Russian government thinks of the TF2 Heavy.
Yeah, controlling an entire medium and preventing artistic expression of foreign nations from reaching your own, that won't make you seem like the bad guys... No wonder people cast you as the villains in everything cough Grativy cough.
I've played a share of military shooters, and while I could understand citizens of Russia being annoyed at the number of them that make their country the villain, I think taking government action to create 'patriotic games' is a bit drastic. Though if I get to play as more people with Russian accents I probably won't mind all that much.